Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena may be classed as one of the smallest arena’s the UK has to offer, with only a few seated areas it’s style breaches more into a theatre than arena and with Fall Out Boy’s stage set up tonight it houses even less people than full capacity. Before the Multi-Award winning band take to the stage though, people are treated to the lovely pop beats of the charismatic Max, or MaxHellsKitchen as he was referring to himself as throughout the night, or part of ‘Party Pupils’ not that much of these names stick out. But what does is his unapologetically enthusiastic charm that exuded from the get go. Everything from his glitter ball styled suit to the use of a keytar in a funky version of Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’ was enough to be the perfect opener to an arena not yet entirely full but never the less still wonderfully enjoyable for those who got to witness it.
Against The Current’s slightly selfish unreleased music filled set isn’t what you’d expect for an arena support. But for a band with only one studio album and two EP’s to their name you can understand why the new music would sound fresh to fans that have basically heard every song they have to offer. Whilst tracks like ‘Running With The Wild Things’ and ‘Blood Like Gasoline’ are enough to give the Fall Out Boy fans something more up their street just with a more pop edge, the new tracks, especially ‘Voices’ sounded invitingly promising for fans waiting on a forthcoming album.
The size of Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena made the stage set up look fairly intimate. The walkway expanded nearly the entire length of the standing area and the raising platforms gave the few seated fans an up-close and personal few moments during ‘Dance, Dance’ and ‘Thnks Fr th Mmrs’ and they rose to almost eye level with those in the upper tiers. Everything else is much the staple in arena shows a little bit of fire here, a little bit of confetti there, but what was an unexpected surprise was the video screen content during songs. The use of a completion of middle finger videos from the internet during ‘I Don’t Care’ may have been slightly inappropriate but amusing to say the least. But then there was a slightly confusing Princess Diana tribute video during ‘Champion’ that gave the audience some confusion.
Tracks from the new album Mania certainly had more thought put into to them live; ‘Young and Menace’ instead of a collection of electronically enhanced vocals, it was simply Patrick Stump alone with a piano, however the real hero of the ‘Last of The Real Ones’ was the on screen metallic shiny dancer that definitely drew the most attention. In between tracks most of the communication came from bassist Pete Wentz and the most notable was talking about Tesco after a fan threw a worker’s badge and hat onto the stage, which Wentz loved, but who wouldn’t?
Even after seven studio albums it’s clear Fall Out Boy’s place in the rock world is unobstructed, continuing on the path they once created, proving and ever changing attempt in sound based on current developments in the music scene that can’t seem to do much wrong and with a headlining spot at Reading and Leeds Festival coming up in August it’s only fitting after a long and hard road since their humble beginnings in 2001 and after this Cardiff just expect some of the same fans to make the journey to England to see what is being set up to be a set of impressive proportion.
Photo by Erin Moore.